BOSTON, MASS. – Freshman forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) posted a career high in both points (22) and rebounds (10) for her first career double-double but it was not enough to overcome Northeastern University’s Lucia Pablos with 25 points and the rest of the Huskies, as the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell, 78-71, Saturday afternoon at Solomon Court. The Wildcats, who fall to 3-7 on the season, had three additional players scoring in double figures. With the win, Northeastern evens out at 4-4.
Freshman guard Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) drained a 3-pointer to start the scoring for the Wildcats, who pulled ahead 5-0 with remaining. Pablos hit a jumper and nailed a 3-pointer to start a 17-2 run, pulling ahead 17-7 with left in the first half. With the Huskies up by 17 (34-17) with remaining, the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run to close out the first half, 34-29. Beliveau scored 11 points in the run for the Wildcats, who held the home team scoreless for five minutes, 22 seconds.
New Hampshire got as close as two points to Northeastern early on in the second half, but the Huskies went on a 12-5 run to increase the deficit to 14 points (62-48) with remaining. Northeastern held a slight advantage on the boards (37-35) in the game. Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) tallied 11 of her 13 points in second half of action. Sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) drained four 3-pointers en route to a 13-point performance and guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) notched 14 in the game.
The Wildcats return to action Friday, Dec. 28 at when they travel to Rhode Island to face the Friars of Providence College.